Numbers 3:9
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New International Version
Give the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to him.

New Living Translation
Assign the Levites to Aaron and his sons. They have been given from among all the people of Israel to serve as their assistants.

English Standard Version
And you shall give the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they are wholly given to him from among the people of Israel.

New American Standard Bible
"You shall thus give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons; they are wholly given to him from among the sons of Israel.

King James Bible
And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Assign the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they have been assigned exclusively to him from the Israelites.

International Standard Version
Assign the descendants of Levi to Aaron and his sons from among the Israelis.

NET Bible
You are to assign the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they will be assigned exclusively to him out of all the Israelites.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Give the Levites to Aaron and his sons. The Levites will be the only Israelites given to them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons; they are completely given unto him out of the sons of Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
And you shall give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel.

American King James Version
And you shall give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given to him out of the children of Israel.

American Standard Version
And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him on the behalf of the children of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou shalt give the Levites for a gift,

Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given to him out of the children of Israel.

English Revised Version
And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him on the behalf of the children of Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
And thou shalt give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given to him out of the children of Israel.

World English Bible
You shall give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons. They are wholly given to him on the behalf of the children of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
and thou hast given the Levites to Aaron and to his sons; they are surely given to him out of the sons of Israel.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-13 There was much work belonging to the priests' office, and there were now only Aaron and his two sons to do it; God appoints the Levites to attend them. Those whom God finds work for, he will find help for. The Levites were taken instead of the first-born. When He that made us, saves us, as the first-born of Israel were saved, we are laid under further obligations to serve him faithfully. God's right to us by redemption, confirms the right he has to us by creation.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. They are wholly given unto him. The word nethunim (wholly given) is emphatic here, and in Numbers 8:16. As the whole house of Israel at large, so especially (for a reason which will presently appear) the tribe of Levi belonged absolutely to God; and he, as absolutely, made them over to Aaron and the priests for the service of his sanctuary. Cf. Ephesians 4:11, "gave some apostles," etc. The Levites, as gifts from God (nethunim) to their brethren the priests, must be distinguished from the nethinim or serfs of foreign extraction given by the congregation to the Levites to do their most menial work for them (Joshua 9:27).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons,.... To be their ministers and servants:

they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel: even all of them entirely, none excepted; the whole tribe which were not in the priestly office; those were separated from the rest of the tribes of Israel, and appointed for the service of the priests: or they were "given, given" (q); which is repeated not only to show that they were wholly given, as we render it, but to denote the certainty of it, that they were really given; and especially to declare the freeness of the gift; the priests had them as free gifts, nor did they pay them any thing for, their service; they were maintained another way, namely, by the tithes of the people; and indeed the priests received a tithe out of the tithe of the Levites; so far were they from contributing any thing to their support, or in consideration of the service they did them.

(q) "dati, dati", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus, Drusius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel, &c.—The priests hold the place of God, and the Levites are the servants of God in the obedience they render to the priests.

Numbers 3:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Duties of the Levites
8"They shall also keep all the furnishings of the tent of meeting, along with the duties of the sons of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle. 9"You shall thus give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons; they are wholly given to him from among the sons of Israel. 10"So you shall appoint Aaron and his sons that they may keep their priesthood, but the layman who comes near shall be put to death."…
Cross References
Numbers 3:8
They are to take care of all the furnishings of the tent of meeting, fulfilling the obligations of the Israelites by doing the work of the tabernacle.

Numbers 8:16
They are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to me. I have taken them as my own in place of the firstborn, the first male offspring from every Israelite woman.

Numbers 8:19
From among all the Israelites, I have given the Levites as gifts to Aaron and his sons to do the work at the tent of meeting on behalf of the Israelites and to make atonement for them so that no plague will strike the Israelites when they go near the sanctuary."

Numbers 16:9
Isn't it enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the Israelite community and brought you near himself to do the work at the LORD's tabernacle and to stand before the community and minister to them?

Numbers 18:6
I myself have selected your fellow Levites from among the Israelites as a gift to you, dedicated to the LORD to do the work at the tent of meeting.
Treasury of Scripture

And you shall give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given to him out of the children of Israel.

Numbers 8:19 And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from …

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